In the most recent Public Policy Poll, conducted earlier this month, Democratic U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is edging out the two Republican frontrunners---Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck (45 percent to 39 percent) and former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton (44 percent to 41 percent), according to Politics Daily
. But the question following the primaries in three states earlier this week is whether Bennet's numbers will hold.
In recent primaries, voters have lashed out at establishment-backed candidates, including Pennsylvania's longtime senator, Arlen Specter, instead giving the nod to self-fashioned Washington outsiders. Those dynamics leave Bennet and Norton defending themselves, according to the Denver Daily News
, as Buck and former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, a Democrat challenging Bennet, continue to campaign as reform-minded outsiders.
As Romanoff tells The Denver Post
, "Washington's blessing can't save an incumbent," noting Specter's defeat and the loss of Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln to challenger Bill Halter, who is backed by union interests.